Two headstrong men determined to get what they want. RGIII wants to play.
'First of all, I love it when somebody wants to play, I love it when somebody wants to be out there,'' Shanahan said. ''That's a good problem to have as a head coach. But my job is to make sure we do the best thing for Robert. ... Not to necessarily to do what he likes, but to do what's the best thing for him and this organization.''My job is to get him ready for the first game, and that's what we're hoping can do.''
''Let's get that straight: I want to play in the preseason,'' Griffin said. ''Coaches are saying if things go great these next couple of days and next week, then maybe. But it's a hard 'no' right now. It's my job to make that a soft 'no' and possibly a 'yes.'''Well, right now, it's still a 'no'. Shanahan said that Dr. James Andrews who performed RGIII's surgery recommended that the QB not play in the preseason and not practice at full-speed. So there's that.
''I could (have brought) Robert back three weeks ago,'' Shanahan said. ''We could be sitting here right now, him practicing three or three weeks ago and all of a sudden something happens with that ACL and we're sitting here saying, 'Well, we should've waited an extra week or two.'''I've always questioned whether RGIII was fully ready to return. Just because he has the desire to play full on doesn't mean he should. In fact, it was his desire to stay in the game that got him on the fast track to the operating table. While the two claim there's no tension and no real fighting about the issue, the fact remains that RGIII believes he's ready and Shanahan is holding him back. The play of the day remains, "better safe than sorry" with Shanahan playing it safe, and RGIII being sorry. What do you think? Your Jersey Girlfriend, ~Angela Davis